Suspect in at least 4 Phoenix bank heists arrested

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a suspect is in custody in connection with at least four bank robberies in the downtown Phoenix area since last month.

Phoenix police say 60-year-old John Timothy Miller has been booked into jail on suspicion of several counts of bank robbery.

They say Miller was arrested in 1988 for robbing 11 banks across multiple states.

After being released, police say Miller also was arrested in 1999 for 16 bank robberies in the Phoenix metro area.

Police detectives and an FBI task force began surveillance on downtown Phoenix banks and saw the suspect park his bicycle and enter a bank on Monday.

They say Miller allegedly presented a demand note to a teller and was arrested as he was leaving the bank.

Phoenix police detectives had been working with the FBI Bank Robbery Taskforce since February to create a profile of the suspect and monitor the downtown Phoenix area, according to police.

One of the taskforce members saw a man who matched the description park his bicycle and walk around the downtown area, police said. After the suspect then entered a bank, officers arrived at the building, while others watched his bike. The man, wearing a white polo shirt and red baseball cap, showed a note demanding money, and he was arrested as he left the bank.

According to police, Miller was wearing layered clothing so he could change and avoid matching a clothing description.

It's unclear if he has lawyer yet.

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